By now, you’ve heard all the stories about traffic increases in Silicon Valley and its effects on local quality of life. Their ongoing affect on Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) buses and light rail in Silicon Valley has proven to be one factor in their declining on-time rate. You experience it as your bus or light rail train running later than schedule, causing you to be late for work, school, or other commitments.
More information – and how YOU can help buses and light rail in Silicon Valley run on-time – are below.
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I encountered one woman on VTA’s 522 Rapid bus today. She was upset that the Palo Alto-bound bus did not stop at El Camino/Warburton in Santa Clara. She paid $2 for riding, and thought the bus was like the regular 22. She was surprised when I told her the bus would not stop until El Camino/Scott. It turned out she did not ask the bus driver if the 522 Rapid bus makes the stop she wanted (which it does not).
When in doubt, ask the bus driver first before boarding any bus. Part of his/her job is to know the bus stops for that route. Better yet, call VTA at (408)321-2300 (or visit their web site) before going on your bus/light rail trip. Knowing before going will save you the embarassment – and money – of missing your destination on transit.
Founder, Silicon Valley Transit Users
December 8 (Thursday) at 8:30am the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) will have its last Board of Directors meeting for 2011. Here’s a roster of who sat on the VTA Board of Directors in 2011.
The meeting will be held at the County Supervisors’ Chambers at the County Government Center at 70 West Hedding Street in San Jose. The Government Center is 1 block north of Civic Center light rail station. Also, VTA’s 61, 62, 66, and 181 express bus lines stop nearby at the Civic Center light rail station on N. First Street. Also, there’s a VTA bus stop for the 61 or the 62 bus line service to Sierra & Piedmont in eastern San Jose, only 50 yards from the Government Center’s main front entrance.
More on the last VTA Board Meeting of 2011 after the jump…
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As of 2pm, all Caltran service to and from San Francisco has been restored. Service was suspeded due to time overruns from a bridge replacement in San Francisco.
At 2:45pm, VTA paged us that service on the 26 bus line in San Jose on Curtner between Highway 87 and Monterey Highway is affected by a street closure. Passengers need to board the 26 at either Monterey/Curtner or Curtner light rail station.
Finally, service on VTA’s 35 bus line in downtown Mountain View is running 10 minutes late due to street repaving on Vila Street.
At around 8:30am this morning, word went out that all northbound Caltrain service was being turned back at Bayshore station. The cause of this was unexpected time overrun on a railroad bridge replacement project in San Francisco Friday night that was due to end early Saturday morning, before the first northbound trains reached San Francisco.
As of 1pm, Caltrain is running shuttle buses from the 4th & King station to the Powell Street BART station. Caltrain is also advising passengers to transfer to BART at the Millbrae station and take any East Bay-bound train to San Francisco.
No ETA yet on when full Caltrain service to and from San Francisco will resume.